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2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Rip the Mets, 16-1

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, September 21, 2012 06:35 AM Comments: 3

Wow. That’s all you can really say about the Phillies 16-1 win over the Mets to finish off the sweep in Queens. They put together 21 hits and stay afloat in the NL Wild Card race.

Ryan Howard knocked in five runs, four of them on a grand slam in the ninth inning. Chase Utley drove in four runs. Juan Pierre went 5-for-6 with five singles and Jimmy Rollins had three more hits, staying red hot.

But – there’s always a but – the Cardinals beat the Astros, so the Phillies are still four games back for the second wild card with just 12 games to play.

Simply, the Phillies are running out of time. Unless they get some help, going on a nice run here isn’t enough. They need the Cardinals, Brewers, and Dodgers to start biting the dust hard.

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Long Ball Powers Phils Over Mets

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Wed, September 19, 2012 11:02 PM Comments: 11

Richie Ashburn Award: Ryan Howard

Jimmy Rollins led off the game with a home run.  And, well, Ryan Howard finished it with one.

The Phillies were trailing the Mets 2-1 in the top of the ninth when Howard hit a two run shot that gave the Phillies the lead for good.  Jonathan Papelbon worked the ninth for his 36th save as the Phils tried to keep pace in the Wild Card hunt with the 3-2 victory.

Phillies starter Cole Hamels struck out 10 in six innings of work and allowed just the two runs.  Hamels has for the most part done his job at keeping the Phillies in the game.  More times than not, however, the Phils have failed to return the favor in a sense.

Matt Harvey confused Phillies hitters all night.  After Rollins homered in the first, Harvey didn’t allow another hit going seven innings.  The righty also struck out seven in his last start for the season.

It would be Josh Edgin who gave up the home run to Howard.  The Pennsylvania native suffered his first loss tonight in his young career.

There wasn’t much to this game.  With this win, the Phillies stay in the hunt.  A sweep tomorrow would be even better.

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Lee Helped by Rollins, Brown in Phillies Win

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 17, 2012 09:50 PM Comments: 23

Earlier today on our Phillies Nation twitter account (@PhilliesNation), I posted this:

Well, it happened. Cliff Lee was awesome tonight, fanning 10 Mets in eight innings as the Phillies held on for a 3-1 victory.

Jimmy Rollins and Domonic Brown supplied the offense, both going yard to right field; Rollins in the fifth inning, Brown in the seventh, both off starter and Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey. Jonathan Papelbon supplied the other arm, closing down the Mets in order in the ninth for his 35th save.

For J-Roll, it was his 21st of the season. CSN put up an interesting graphic regarding Jimmy: He’s had four seasons of 20 homers and 30 steals, only Bobby Bonds (9) and son Barry Bonds (7) have had more. That’s how good he’s been for such a long period of time in this town.

For Dom, it was his fourth bomb of the season; he also added a triple to raise his average to .248 on the season. He homered over the weekend, so he’s starting to flash some of that power we were all hoping to see.

But it was all about Lee pushing the Phillies to within 3 1/2 games of the second wild card in the National League. They needed that shutdown performance from him, something he was able to provide for most of last season, but has been relatively sparse this year. That’s not to say Lee hasn’t been the victim of bad luck and bad play by his offense – but I think we all know he hasn’t been as crisp as in 2011.

For him to come out and take control from the start was key. It was apparent even prior to first pitch he would need to do that against a very good knuckleballer in Dickey, a guy who has been one of the best in baseball all year. With runs hard to come by, Lee was ace.

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Phillies Lose 3 of 4 to Astros

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, September 16, 2012 06:36 PM Comments: 25

No one here at Phillies Nation is shocked by this turn of events, especially if you read Eric Seidman’s article on Thursday, accentuating the Phillies/Astros rivalry of the past few seasons. Again, the struggles continues on Sunday as the Phillies fell to the Astros, 7-6, to lose three of four games. The Phillies find themselves 3 1/2 out in the wild card standings. (As of this writing, the Dodgers and Cardinals are tied at 2-2).

What had once been a strength, and very recently, the bullpen again blew up in the later innings. Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont combined to give up four runs in the seventh, blowing a 4-3 Phillies lead.

Roy Halladay wasn’t great, but was good enough to keep the Phillies in it. He allowed three runs in six innings, but labored by throwing 111 pitches.

With the sticks, six runs should have been more than enough. Jimmy Rollins went 3-for-4 and both Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown knocked in a pair of runs.

So, after another disappointing series against a Houston team that pretty much owns the Phillies, there is much work to be done – and a lot of hoping. There are just 16 games remaining, they’ve slipped one-game under-.500, and they need help from several teams. The Phillies cling to hope, but their pulse is becoming more and more faint.

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Phillies Squander Opportunities In Loss To ‘stros

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, September 15, 2012 10:16 PM Comments: 26

Recognize this guy? Well, the Phillies made his final line look a lot better than he pitched tonight. Photo: AP

In this life, three things are guaranteed: Death, taxes and the Phillies struggling against an inferior Astros team in September. Phillies fans were subjected to another expose on the latter tonight, as the Phils fell to the Astros 5-0–their second loss in three games against a glorified Triple-A team. Unlike Thursday’s agonizing loss, in which the team let a lead slip away late, this game had a more somber feel. The Phils lacked energy from the start, got down early and never really seemed to be in the game. They essentially could have ended the game after the first inning.

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Phils Bounce Back Against Astros, 12-6

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Sat, September 15, 2012 12:21 AM Comments: 34

How did this team lose to the Astros last night? The Phils bounced back in a big way Friday night, as the bats caught fire with the offense putting up 12 runs on 16 hits. They scored three runs before the Astros even recorded an out. Here are some notes from the blowout:

‘OKAY’ START FOR HAMELS

Cole Hamels didn’t have a great game, but he didn’t pitch all that badly, either. He threw seven innings, while giving up four runs (three of the earned) and added eight strikeouts. He gave up two home runs—one to Justin Maxwell in the 5th and one to Matt Downs in the 4th.

Also getting some work in tonight were Justin De Fratus and Jeremy Horst. Each of them gave up one run in one inning, and Horst struck out the side.

PHOTO: AP

OFFENSE!

WHAT IS THIS?! Okay, maybe it’s because they played the Astros, but still. I like seeing those ‘crooked numbers’, as Wheels likes to say. 12 runs, 16 hits, four multi-run innings–I love it. Jimmy Rollins started off the game with a home run and it just kept getting better from there. Hopefully the offense can put up even half of what they did tonight more frequently.

THE RUF RIDER COMETH

Darin Ruf had an at-bat. And he popped out to third base. Oh well, it was nice to finally see him get some action. Let’s see if he lands in the starting lineup in one of the two remaining games in the series.

GAME NOTES

The Phillies take on the Astros again tomorrow at 7:05 PM with Kyle Kendrick pitching against Dallas Keuchel.

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Phils Let One Slip Away In Houston

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, September 13, 2012 11:34 PM Comments: 20

Tyler Cloyd could only give three innings tonight, setting up the Phillies for a tough road to victory. Photo: AP

As our own Eric Seidman outlined earlier today, facing the Astros in a late-season series has presented more than a few disappointments over the last decade. From the puzzling to the downright agonizing, the Phillies have found many ways to allow the ‘stros to beat them in recent history. Those bad memories undoubtedly caused a bit of trepidation as the Phils entered this crucial series in Houston. Winning the first game would be paramount to calming nerves. Instead, the Phils would compound the tension, falling to Houston 6-4, blowing a late lead, and squandering an opportunity to gain some ground in the standings.

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Phils Down Fish 3-1, Win Seventh Straight

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, September 12, 2012 06:52 PM Comments: 28

Lee pitched seven strong innings to pick up his fifth win in the shadows. Photo: AP

It was a pitchers’ duel in the afternoon shadows at the Bank. Chris Wheeler described today as a “Mr. Magoo game”, compounding the difficulty for hitters to hit off of aces Cliff Lee and Josh Johnson. Both aces pitched seven strong innings, but the Phillies emerged victorious on the back of clutch hitting, including a two-out, two-run seventh inning Jimmy Rollins home run. The Phils’ 3-1 win puts them above .500 for the first time since June 3, is their seventh straight, completes a sweep against the Marlins, and a 6-0 homestand.

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Phillies Keep Wild Card in Sights with Win Over Miami

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, September 10, 2012 09:50 PM Comments: 57

KK was great again (AP).

Behind Kyle Kendrick and Dom Brown, the Phillies inched closer to the Cardinals in the Wild Card standings with a 3-1 win over the Marlins.

KENDRICK GOES NO-NO FOR FIVE

-Kendrick did not give up a hit until the sixth inning, after Rob Brantly singled a sharp liner to center field. Two pitches prior to that base hit, Kendrick appeared to have Brantly struck out on a very close pitch, but did not get the benefit from home plate umpire.

-That sixth inning became a struggle for Kendrick after allowing that first hit, but he got out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Giancarlo Stanton, his eighth of the night, a career high.

-Kendrick owns the Fish, not having lost to the club in over four years. The last time: September 9, 2008. His final line: seven innings, one run, two hits, three walks, and the eight K’s.

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Phillies Sweep Rockies and are 2 games below .500

Posted by Brian Michael, Sun, September 09, 2012 10:10 PM Comments: 23

Mayberry celebrates his walk-off (AP)

Yea, it’s ok to get excited tonight, Phillies fans. It was a gorgeous and glorious day at the ballpark as the Phillies swept the doubleheader and series against the visiting Colorado Rockies (3-2 and 7-4). The Phillies now sit 6 games back in the Wild Card and just 2 games below .500 with 22 to play. It would be an understatement to say the Phillies are playing better since All-Star break; they are 12-4 in their last 16 games.

The regularly scheduled game one featured a John Mayberry, Jr. walk-off single, while last night’s makeup game saw the Phillies grind out a 7-4 win – both were comebacks. Game two also witnessed the return of Carlos Ruiz who had been sidelined since August 2nd with a left-foot injury. He picked up right where he left off with two hits and an RBI in two at bats. Jonathan Papelbon deserves some praise as well after picking up two wins and a save this weekend.

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